Save the Children
Terms of Reference Gap Assessment for the Pan African Adolescent sexual reproductive health and rights project
Location - Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Length of Assignment - 30 Days
Dates of Assignment - January to February 2017
Project - Pan African Adolescent sexual reproductive health and rights project
1. Project Background: The Regional and Multi Country Programme Unit within Save the Children (SC) Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) has been implementing a PAN African Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Information (PACSE&I) project in 12 Countries in eastern, western and southern Africa funded through a grant from the Embassy of Sweden in Zambia. The project began in 2012 and is aimed at improving children’s, adolescents and young people’s (5-18 years) access to comprehensive sexuality education. This is achieved through equipping them with relevant knowledge and skills to adopt protective behaviors and advocating policies that create an enabling environment for them to make safe choices. The project continues to engage a cross section of institutions and gate keepers from mothers and fathers, to schools, traditional and religious leaders, health service providers to wider community groups in a quest to improve the HIV and SRHR (sexual and reproductive health and rights) outcomes of CAYP in the region.
The programme is currently in its phase 2 of implementation. Phase 2 of the PAN African comprehensive sexuality education project focuses at SRHR more broadly and is known as the PAN African Sexual reproductive health and rights project. The project continues to respond to SRHR challenges faced by children, adolescents and young people in Eastern and Southern Africa. It has community level, national level and regional level interventions – with the primary goal of improving SRHR outcomes for youth in the ESA region. Phase 2 is being implemented in eight countries namely Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe using a common conceptual framework with shared outcomes. Phase 2 aligns to strategic focus 2 in the Government of Sweden strategy for SRHR in Sub-Saharan Africa (2015-2019), whose focus is to improve the health and SRHR of young LGBTQI and heterosexual girls and boys, and:
1. Better conditions for girls and boys to make informed decisions about their health, sexuality and reproduction 2. Reduced number of new HIV infections 3. Improved access to SRHR
The interventions are modelled around common and cross cutting factors that impact youth vulnerability in SRHR and HIV issues in sub Saharan Africa with sufficient flexibility to allow for addressing contextual issues within each country. The project is under pinned by these common principles across the countries: I. Child Rights Programming II. Building agency amongst children, adolescents and young people III. Fostering Accountability IV. Strengthening community systems such as existing institutions, platforms and initiatives and enhancing local capacity through sustainable skills transfer V. Cultural sensitivity VI. Gender equality and sexual Inclusivity
2. Purpose of Gap Assessment: SCI is seeking to conduct in depth assessment involving a cross section stakeholders on SRHR needs of Children, Adolescents and Young People (CAYP) their families and the community they represent to ensure that support is targeted and relevant to their specific needs and a long term strategy is developed. The aim is to assess: • Existing policy provisions and policy gaps in each country and at a regional level • To identify structures, institutions that can support the programme development • Assess the capacity of various programme staff on SRHR and CSE (Comprehensive Sexuality Education) (SC programme staff, teachers, health workers and community workers) • To identify SRHR services and any gaps in service provision in the target communities
3. Criteria: SCI is looking for a Consultant with a strong record in conducting assessments, particularly in the African context. The Consultant will need respect and credibility within the field, excellent knowledge of Results Based Management, monitoring and evaluation in both theory and practice, as well as a good understanding of policy work.
2.1 Qualifications: • Post graduate degree in Health, SRHR, Education, Gender Equality/Womens Rights, International Development, Community Development or related field; • Extensive experience (at least 7-8 years) in CSE and SRHR in African context; • Previous experience (at least 5 years) in reviewing/conducting, assessments and research studies; • Previous experience in child rights research or working with children • Publications in the SRHR field are desirable; • Report writing skills, Copy editing skills, content editing skills and formatting skills; • Excellent communication skills especially in the local languages. • And must be familiar with the population being assessed.
4. Proposal Guidelines: Interested Candidates are asked to submit a short proposal containing the following:
• A cover letter highlighting the consultant’s interest, relevant experience and qualifications • Brief proposal with assessment methodology and work plan • A CV with references and list of publications • An example of a previous relevant piece of work • Proposed budget (cost/fees) for the consultancy – note that travel and logistical costs will be covered directly by Save the Children (flights, accommodation, meals and in-country travels) • Proposals will be assessed with the following valuation of importance: o Qualifications and brief proposal (60%) o Cost/fee (40%)
Interested individuals are invited to submit the proposals and accompanying documents to [email protected] with the title ASRHR Project Gap Assessment in the Subject line: Gap Assessment Consultancy
Deadline for application is the 31 December 2016
For detailed Terms of Reference please send an email to